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How to Conquer a Weed Hangover

Despite some debate over their validity, weed hangovers are likely real. While research on the subject is limited, anecdotal reports suggest that smoking marijuana can trigger next-day symptoms in some people.

Despite the similar names, weed hangovers aren’t quite the same as those brought on by alcohol. And for many, weed hangovers tend to be more tolerable than alcohol-related ones.

Common symptoms of a weed hangover include:

  • fatigue
  • lethargy
  • brain fog
  • dry eyes and mouth
  • headaches
  • mild nausea

Read on for tips on how to deal with these effects and to learn more about the debate within the medical community over whether weed hangovers are indeed a thing.

A weed hangover will typically go away on its own. There isn’t much you can do for an immediate fix, but these tips can offer relief:

  • Stay hydrated. The most important thing you can do before, during, and after weed use is drink enough water. This will help relieve symptoms such as headaches, dry mouth, and dry eyes.
  • Eat a nutritious breakfast. Opt for a healthy, balanced breakfast the morning after weed use. Try a small serving of whole-grain carbohydrates along with a lean source of protein and healthy fat.
  • Take a shower. A shower can help you to feel refreshed and hydrated the morning after smoking weed. The steam from a hot shower can open your airways.
  • Make some ginger tea.Ginger can help with digestive symptoms, such as nausea. Add a bit of grated ginger to hot water with lemon and honey to soothe an upset stomach.
  • Drink caffeine. A cup of coffee or caffeinated tea can help you feel more alert.
  • Try CBD. Some anecdotal reports suggest that cannabidiol (CBD) can counteract some of the symptoms associated with a weed hangover. Just steer clear of any preparations containing THC.
  • Take a pain reliever. For a persistent headache, take an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).

If you can, try to take it easy for the rest of the day. With a good night’s rest, you should wake up feeling like yourself again.

If you’re feeling a little off after using weed, it may not necessarily be a hangover that you’re experiencing.

Here’s some other potential culprits:

  • Drinking alcohol or using other drugs while using weed. If you tend to consume other substances while smoking marijuana, they might affect how you feel the next morning.
  • Marijuana withdrawal. If you smoke weed on a regular basis, it’s possible to experience withdrawal symptoms when you aren’t smoking. Symptoms of marijuana withdrawal include changes in mood, insomnia, and difficulty focusing.
  • Lingering effects of weed. How long a weed high lasts depends on factors such as dose, concentration, and delivery method, in addition to your own tolerance and metabolism. Most of the time, a marijuana high lasts between one and four hours.

If at least five hours have passed since you last used weed, and you haven’t had any alcohol or used other substances, you’re likely just experiencing the after effects of weed.

There isn’t much evidence surrounding weed hangovers. Existing studies are often outdated or have major limitations.

Older studies

One well-known study on weed hangovers dates back to 1985. In the study, 13 males participated in a series of sessions that involved smoking either a weed cigarette or a placebo cigarette and then completing a series of tests.

The tests included sorting cards and judging time intervals. When the tests were repeated the following morning, the group that smoked weed cigarettes judged time intervals to be 10 or 30 seconds longer than they actually were.

The authors concluded that, although the day-after effects of smoking weed may be subtle, they probably exist. However, this study’s small sample size and all-male participants are significant limitations.

A 1990 study had similar limitations. It involved 12 male marijuana users who smoked marijuana over one weekend and a placebo over another, then completed a series of subjective and behavioral tests. But these authors concluded that weed didn’t seem to have much of an effect the following morning.

Recent research

More recently, a 2017 study explored perspectives toward medical cannabis among people with chronic pain. One of the self-reported undesirable effects of marijuana was a hangover described as a foggy, non-alert feeling in the morning.

However, the authors of the study did not indicate how many participants reported this effect.

A 2015 review on the use of medical marijuana recommends that healthcare professionals teach patients about the hangover effect. It also recommends describing it as lasting at least one day after the last time marijuana was used.

more research is needed

There are, of course, numerous anecdotal reports of marijuana hangovers, suggesting they are possible. More research needs to be done to understand causes, symptoms, and risk factors associated with weed hangovers as well as recommended self-care.

In addition, most of the studies described above focused on the morning-after effects of smoking a small amount of marijuana. Research exploring the effects of overconsumption is also needed.

The only way to guarantee you won’t have a weed hangover is to avoid weed. Still, there are plenty of things you can due to minimize the negative effects of weed.

  • Avoid smoking weed the night before an important activity. If you tend to experience weed hangovers, try to avoid using marijuana the night before something important, such as an exam or stressful day at work.
  • Take days off. If possible, avoid using weed on a daily basis. Continuous weed use can build up your tolerance, which might eventually trigger withdrawal symptoms in the morning.
  • Limit your use. You might be more likely to experience a weed hangover if you overconsume. Decide on an appropriate quantity before you get high, and stick with that.
  • Try low-THC marijuana. THC is the active ingredient in weed. No one’s totally sure how THC affects weed hangover symptoms, but it’s worth trying low-THC strains to see if they help prevent morning-after symptoms.
  • Use caution when trying a new product. You might find you react differently to weed depending on the dose, concentration, and method of delivery. When trying something for the first time, start with a low dose.
  • Don’t mix it with other substances. The morning-after effects of weed might be more intense if you tend to smoke weed while also drinking or using other drugs.
  • Talk to your healthcare provider about the effects of weed and medication. Remember that any over-the-counter or prescription medication you take can interact with weed. This could affect how you feel in the morning.

Contrary to popular belief, weed can be addictive. The more often you use it, the more likely you are to become dependent on it.

If you regularly experience weed hangovers, they could be a sign that you’re overdoing it. If you’re having a hard time curbing your use, it may be time to reach out to your doctor for help.

Other potential signs of weed misuse include:

  • using it on a daily or near-daily basis
  • experiencing cravings for it
  • spending a lot of time thinking about it or obtaining it
  • using more over time
  • using more than you intended
  • continuing to use it despite negative consequences
  • keeping a constant supply
  • spending a lot of money on it, even when you can’t afford it
  • avoiding situations or places where you can’t use it
  • driving or operating machinery while high
  • trying and failing to stop using it
  • experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you stop

"Weed hangover" is a casual term used to refer to the lingering effects of weed. We'll offer some tips for relief, take a look at the research behind this phenomenon, and give you some guidance on how to prevent them in the future.

7 Weed Mistakes You Might Be Making

According to a recent study, marijuana use has doubled in the past decade. Personally, I think that’s awesome. The evidence that smoking marijuana is much safer than drinking alcohol is overwhelming. Plus, I happen to think that weed is just delightful. However, since marijuana use has been (and continues to be) stigmatized, there’s not a ton of information on what not to do when you’re smoking weed, unless you’re a frequenter of cannabis culture message boards.

So although I’m not the most experienced stoner out there, I feel like it’s important for me to share the weed wisdom I’ve acquired over the past few years. Whether you’re a pot novice or you’ve been smoking since high school, it’s important to know what weed mistakes you might be making.

Weed is fun. It can help ease pain and stress, it can make sex a whole lot better (the best, most connected sex I’ve ever had was high sex), and it’s just delicious. That said, pot is generally pretty expensive, so it’s important to learn how to avoid any mistakes that could be keeping you from saving green. Additionally, it’s important to know how weed affects you personally, and plan your highs accordingly. On top of all of that, if you’re going to smoke frequently, you’ve got to make sure you’re staying properly hydrated, getting enough sleep, not neglecting exercise, and not overdoing it so much that it messes with your personal and professional life.

1. Not Storing Your Stash In An Airtight Container

If you’re a daily (or near-daily) smoker, then storing your weed in a Ziploc bag is probably fine, because you don’t need it to stay fresh for a super long time. However, you should know that this is not the ideal approach to weed storage. If you want to keep your pot fresh for as long as possible, you need to be storing it in an airtight glass container. (Mason jars work best.) You should also try to keep your jar somewhere cool, dark, and arid, like your closet or a kitchen cupboard. (So definitely don’t leave it in your car or on your balcony.)

Weed humidors are another great way to store marijuana, but unless you’re a hardcore enthusiast, you’ll probably want to stick to the more affordable option of tightly sealed mason jars.

2. Not Drinking Enough Water When You Smoke

I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that the “cotton mouth” struggle is real. When you get high, the receptors on the floor of your mouth temporarily stop producing saliva. So it’s extra important to chug water if you don’t want your whole mouth to dry up and stay dried up the day after you smoke.

Of course, drinking enough water is important for your overall health, whether you’re smoking weed or not. But you definitely don’t want to make the mistake of getting high and failing to stay properly hydrated. If you’re smoking at home, just remember to chug a glass or two before, during, and after your high. If you’re going to smoke at a friends’ place or a concert, bring a water bottle.

3. Forgetting To Pack Lip Balm

If you’ve ever smoked pot, then you already know how fast it dries out your lips. If you’re not carrying lip balm with you everywhere, then you’re not the prepared stoner you think you are. Keep lip balm or coconut oil with you at all times to avoid weed-induced chapped lips. Trust me, you will not regret it.

4. Forgetting To Corner Your Bowls In Groups

Weed is a social drug, and as such, stoner etiquette is important. If you’re smoking in a group and you’re using a bowl, then try your best to corner it. (If you don’t know what I mean by that, watch this video.) By cornering your bowl, you save green for the next person in rotation, instead of passing them a bowl of blackened bud before they’ve even gotten to take their first puff.

5. Forgetting To Use Screens In Your Pipes

With tiny glass bowls, you don’t have to worry about using a screen, because there’s really no place for one. But if you use a metal pipe or even a large glass bowl, then you should try to keep screens in stock. Using a screen (aka a filter) can help you protect yourself from inhaling ash into your beautiful lungs. They’re also super cheap and easy to use, so don’t make the mistake of thinking they’re not worth buying.

6. Not Owning A Grinder

Grinders allow you to get your weed to the perfect rolling, packing, and burning consistency that just can’t be duplicated manually. On top of that, if you use a grinder long enough, you’ll end up with a bonus bowl of kief. Since kief is basically a super-high (pun intended) concentration of THC-packed weed dust that collects in the bottom chamber of your grinder over time, simply using a grinder regularly can help you get the most out of your weed.

The nicer ones cost around 20 bucks, but if you’re going to smoke a lot, then it’s worth the cost. Plus, there are actually some really pretty grinders out there.

7. Inhaling Too Deeply

If you’re anything like me, then when you get high, you probably like to get high AF. But don’t think that means you have to inhale your weed smoke super deeply to get the job done. I know it seems like the best way to absorb the maximum amount of THC possible, but it’s not even necessary.

Evidently, 95 percent of the THC in cannabis smoke is absorbed within the first few seconds after you take a puff, so taking and holding in super deep breaths of weed smoke is pointless. It can also hurt your lungs and make you feel short of breath, so just don’t do it. In fact, you might want to consider a vape and mostly avoid this issue altogether.

According to a recent study, marijuana use has doubled in the past decade. Personally, I think that’s awesome. The evidence that smoking marijuana is much safer than drinking alcohol is overwhelming. Plus, I happen to think that weed is just…